Picking up from where we left off in looking at the first four picks of the Blackhawks 2010 NHL Draft, let’s now take a look at the next four picks.
At No. 60, the Blackhawks took defenseman Stephen Johns. Johns played for the United States Developmental Team and has reputation of being a smart and aggressive player at the position.
Some of the positive things about him include, as mentioned, his strength and his size. Standing 6’3” and weighing 215 pounds, Johns has the near perfect size for playing the on the blue line in the NHL.
Johns is also not afraid to play a physical game as has been evidenced in a few of his later games as part of the USA Developmental Program. Offensively he is also a strong shot and has the ability to move the puck down the ice effectively.
He is also a solid athlete with great decision making skills as well. Johns could develop into a fine prospect for the Blackhawks sometime in the near future. Until then, Johns will continue his career playing hockey with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Blackhawks pick at No. 90 was center Joakim Nordstrom. Nordstrom, a player from Sweden, played for the AIK-JR in the Swedish Junior SuperElit League. Nordstrom has decent size and with some development he could end up being a pretty decent player at the center position.
Some of the honors and recognition that Nordstrom has earned during his hockey career include being ranked as the No. 37 skater in Europe (in the 2010 NHL Draft), scored six goals and nine assists in 28 games with the Aik Jr. and helped earn a bronze medal in the 2009 U-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament as part of the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
With the 120th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took Center Rob Flick. Flick played with the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors. Flick stands 6’2” and weights 205 pounds giving him good size for the center position. He also possesses a lot of speed and can move up and down the ice well. Look for him to be on the roster at some point farther on down the line.
At No. 151, Chicago took center Mirko Hoefflin. Hoefflin played his hockey in the German Junior League with Jungadler Mannheim and recorded 32 goals and 35 assists in 28 games. One of the biggest issues with Hoefflin is his size. At 6’0” and 174 pounds, Hoefflin is a little light and will have to gain some weight so that he isn’t pushed around a lot in the NHL.
He will take some time to develop but Hoefflin could end up playing for the Blackhawks at some point in the next few seasons. Stay tuned.
UPDATE : The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to an offer sheet. If the Blackhawks fail to do anything about the offer, they will end losing Hjalmarsson but get the Sharks' 2011 first and third round selections. The offer sheet signed was for $14 million. The Blackhawks have until this Friday to match the offer.